Jennifer Howk, Ph.D

Dr. Jennifer Howk is an author, researcher, and interdisciplinary social scientist. She earned her B.A. with honors from the University of Washington, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her graduate work and ongoing academic research explore questions at the intersection of social vulnerability, resilience, and well-being.

Dr. Howk is a born and raised Alaskan, but now calls sunny Santa Rosa, California home, where she works as both the Director of the TrueNorth Health Foundation and a lecturer and psychology coach. She facilitates spaces and opportunities for individuals going through TrueNorth’s water-only fasting and plant-based nutritional programs to explore the psychological and emotional components of their experience through one-on-one discussion and workshops.

In her coaching work, Dr. Howk follows an approach that draws upon core insights from powerful research in evolutionary psychology, specifically the “Esteem Dynamics” framework pioneered by TrueNorth’s staff psychologist, Dr. Doug Lisle. Her clinical interests are wide-ranging, but she is especially interested in helping clients through problems of esteem processes, addiction and recovery, and mastering the pathways of human motivation.